My first class was the day before Christmas Eve in 2008. That was when I met my instructor, Marcelo Meleiro, for the first time. I didn’t know then that he wouldn’t just be my instructor, but a good friend to me and the rest of my family. I remember that I was nervous because I knew little of what to expect from the class; I hardly knew anything about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at all. But at the end of the class, I decided I liked it so I came back the next week, the week after that, and so on. The more I came to class, the more I ended up liking BJJ. Soon I was training for and going to tournaments. I was having fun and making friends. None of this would have happened, though, if my dad never convinced me to try the class.
There are a lot of things that I like about BJJ but one of the things that I like the most is that at our school, Nova Uniao South Florida, we are taught that we are a team and that we are there to learn and do our best, not to be the best and tap everyone out. If it weren’t for this, I probably wouldn’t have stuck with BJJ.